Checkmk Version 1.6 Released
September 24, 2019
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tribe29 GmbH, supplier of the monitoring solution Checkmk, announced the availability of Checkmk version 1.6, offering enhanced monitoring capabilities for cloud and container environments as well as a new daemon for dynamic host configuration.

The new Checkmk version includes new and improved features especially for monitoring cloud environments and container infrastructures. For example, Checkmk retrieves data from Amazon Web Services directly via the AWS HTTP API and monitors all major AWS services. To keep the cost for users low, the Checkmk developers have written the agent in such a way that requires as few costly API calls as possible. On top of that, they've implemented checks for monitoring AWS costs too, so that users always can get alerted about exploding costs.

Azure users also find some new plug-ins that can monitor storage space, databases and virtual machines and cost of the Microsoft cloud. Checkmk uses the Azure API to communicate with the cloud. All Azure resources are automatically integrated into Checkmk, thus heavily reducing the required configuration effort.

Checkmk 1.6 also contains improved checks for Docker, Kubernetes and OpenShift. The monitoring solution keeps an eye on clusters, nodes, and persistent storage as well as on pods, deployments, and micro services. Docker monitoring in particular has changed: The developers have completely revised the Docker check, enhancing and simplifying it and ensuring that it works even for older Docker versions.

Checkmk 1.6 introduces the concept of labels for hosts and services. A host can have an unlimited number of labels. They work similarly to tags and can be used to create conditions for Checkmk rules. Labels are widely used in container and cloud environments, and Checkmk automatically detects and adopt them for better visibility of services and powerful configuration options.

In cloud and container environments the number of hosts changes frequently because new ones are being created automatically, and old ones vanish. Since it's impractical to update the Checkmk configuration manually, the new version of the Checkmk Enterprise Edition (CEE) provides a brand-new dynamic configuration daemon (DCD). It simplifies the configuration process significantly by automatically detecting Kubernetes nodes, AWS EC2 instances, Azure resource groups, vSphere hosts and much more – thee daemon even removes hosts that no longer exist from the Checkmk monitoring.

The developers have added plenty of new checks, i.e. for monitoring Elasticsearch, Splunk, SAP Hana, Oracle, Cisco UCS, Enviromux, Checkpoint, Dell, Fujitsu, and HP Management Boards. More than 100 new plug-ins have arrived in Checkmk 1.6 since version 1.5. The total number of Checkmk plug-ins has thus increased to 1700.

In addition, the monitoring solution now works with i-doit, Slack, ServiceNow, JIRA, Opsgenie, VictorOps, PagerDuty and Mattermost. The new integrations ensure that Checkmk can "fill" the external platforms on its own. For example, notification rules can automatically create tickets for JIRA or ServiceNow.

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